San Jose, CA – Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) today joined local transportation leaders from the South Bay region at a groundbreaking ceremony for the U.S. 101/Yerba Buena Improvement Project. Rep. Lofgren is a strong proponent of the $36 million infrastructure improvement project, which is the second phase of a larger initiative to improve safety along the U.S. 101 Capitol Expressway corridor by reducing bottlenecks and easing traffic congestion.
"As the second phase of the larger U.S. 101 corridor improvement initiative, the Yerba Buena improvement project will fix a major bottleneck in this heavily travelled corridor," said Rep. Lofgren. "This project shows how investing in infrastructure puts people to work, improves safety, reduces traffic and paves the way for future economic growth in our community."
The first leg of the U.S. 101 corridor project, the $63 million Tully Road interchange improvement, was completed in June. Rep. Lofgren helped secure $1.1 million in federal funding for the Yerba Buena construction and $7 million to fund the Tully Road improvements from the highway funding and authorization bill known as SAFETEA-LU. The project also received more than $4 million in stimulus funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and is expected to be completed in early 2014.